An Ordinary Catholic: A View From The Pew

Mr. Thomas Arthur Nelson

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
ISBN 10: 1475016743 / ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used / Paperback / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.67 avg rating
(3 ratings)

Synopsis: Book Description: An Ordinary Catholic: Millions of ordinary Catholics are leaving their Church, expressing final frustration over reforms that never come. An Ordinary Catholic is a memoir style essay by a Catholic-educated layman whose life experiences provide a convincing background and perspective for a reform of his Church that will resonate with many. Relating his life experiences, Nelson provides strong arguments against some very traditional Catholic doctrine and he touches on many of the issues being debated today, both inside and outside of his Church. His recounting of five paranormal spiritual encounters suggests he is not as ordinary as he claims. As a University of Notre Dame graduate and father of a large family, including a gay son, Nelson speaks with the authority of one who has "been there, done that." He expresses some unique insights into human sexuality that reflect a different perspective from that of his Church. He posits that the sexual abuse scandal stems from a celibate leadership which has cast sexuality as a virtual necessary evil, antithetical to spiritual perfection, and thus they are unable to fully comprehend everyday real life situations. His analysis of Church teaching on homosexuality exposes some very real contradictions in logic by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith much of which came from the pen of the current Pope Benedict XVI. It is logic far from natural; one which he says seems clearly opposed to reality and more importantly, to a Jesus centered philosophy of love. Nelson's poignant tales of typical family dramas, the loss of his first wife, his remarriage, his dedication to gay activism and concern over school bullying are the backdrops that provide his confident qualifications for Church critique. His extraordinary activism in his community and Church provides Nelson with ample material to express his convictions on some common complaints of those departing the Church. He touches on misogynistic policies, which he feels are a natural by-product of mandatory celibacy. He also relates experiences which clearly demonstrate an ongoing shameless abuse of aging clergy, a scandal which has garnered little public notice. While ridiculing the concept of infallibility and other sacrosanct dogmas, his unremitting commitment to his beloved Church, even with all its human flaws, emphatically demonstrates that the Catholic Church remains his place of spiritual refuge. The ultimate conclusion and final assessment of his life-long spiritual growth is the theme of the book: love. As he approaches his life ending, that conclusion is refreshing evidence that the view from the pew is hopeful and has some very positive aspects.

From the Back Cover: Millions have left the Catholic Church in frustration,  and many more remain in the pews, their discontent barely concealed behind prayers and devotions.  In this passionate critique of the Catholic Church which raised him and shaped his moral outlook, Thomas Arthur Nelson articulates then views of many who perceive the religious institution as irrelevant and rife with unchecked abuses of power.  These Catholics, who love the faith and despise the leadership comprise a broad segment of the church.
Nelson argues that the church must return to a Jesus-centered philosophy of love.  The eighty-two-year-old recounts his own journey from an uncritical follower into an unlikely activist for reform.  It is grounded in his experience o0f church-inflicted injustices, particularly the ones he saw toward the lesbian and gay community.  Written by an ordinary man who sits in the pews and takes communion weekly, the book articulates the joys and frustrations of everyday Catholics in a fresh new voice. This powerful plea for change will resonate with angry laypersons as well as departed members who still cherish church moral teachings.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: An Ordinary Catholic: A View From The Pew
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nelson, Mr. Thomas Arthur
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92870249

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 4.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Nelson, Mr. Thomas Arthur
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP102464377

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 4.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Thomas Nelson
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks
(Auburn, WA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1475016743I4N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 4.05
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Nelson, Mr. Thomas Arthur
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Wonder Book
(Frederick, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Condition: Very Good. . Seller Inventory # H03B-00090

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 4.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
stressfreebooks
(Bay City, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: VeryGood. Former library copy, has library associated stamps/stickers. Protected in Mylar. Very good used condition, little to no signs of wear, little to no signs of use. Ships fast secure, expedited available!. Seller Inventory # 3UBDHI0001RI

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 3.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
stressfreebooks
(Bay City, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Good. Former library copy, has library associated stamps/stickers. Good used condition, shows average signs of use or wear for its age. Ships fast secure, expedited available!. Seller Inventory # 3UBCFO000DO7

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 3.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Nelson, MR Thomas Arthur
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781475016741

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.64
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Nelson, Mr. Thomas Arthur
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publis (2018)
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1475016743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Nelson, MR Thomas Arthur
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781475016741

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

MR Thomas Arthur Nelson
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 1475016743 ISBN 13: 9781475016741
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Book Description: An Ordinary Catholic Millions of ordinary Catholics are leaving their Church, expressing final frustration over reforms that never come. An Ordinary Catholic is a memoir style essay by a Catholic-educated layman whose life experiences provide a convincing background and perspective for a reform of his Church that will resonate with many. Relating his life experiences, Nelson provides strong arguments against some very traditional Catholic doctrine and he touches on many of the issues being debated today, both inside and outside of his Church. His recounting of five paranormal spiritual encounters suggests he is not as ordinary as he claims. As a University of Notre Dame graduate and father of a large family, including a gay son, Nelson speaks with the authority of one who has been there, done that. He expresses some unique insights into human sexuality that reflect a different perspective from that of his Church. He posits that the sexual abuse scandal stems from a celibate leadership which has cast sexuality as a virtual necessary evil, antithetical to spiritual perfection, and thus they are unable to fully comprehend everyday real life situations. His analysis of Church teaching on homosexuality exposes some very real contradictions in logic by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith much of which came from the pen of the current Pope Benedict XVI. It is logic far from natural; one which he says seems clearly opposed to reality and more importantly, to a Jesus centered philosophy of love. Nelson s poignant tales of typical family dramas, the loss of his first wife, his remarriage, his dedication to gay activism and concern over school bullying are the backdrops that provide his confident qualifications for Church critique. His extraordinary activism in his community and Church provides Nelson with ample material to express his convictions on some common complaints of those departing the Church. He touches on misogynistic policies, which he feels are a natural by-product of mandatory celibacy. He also relates experiences which clearly demonstrate an ongoing shameless abuse of aging clergy, a scandal which has garnered little public notice. While ridiculing the concept of infallibility and other sacrosanct dogmas, his unremitting commitment to his beloved Church, even with all its human flaws, emphatically demonstrates that the Catholic Church remains his place of spiritual refuge. The ultimate conclusion and final assessment of his life-long spiritual growth is the theme of the book: love. As he approaches his life ending, that conclusion is refreshing evidence that the view from the pew is hopeful and has some very positive aspects. Seller Inventory # APC9781475016741

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are 6 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book